Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Trip Begins

DSC_0306 Sunrise over the Chiricahuas 3-11-10 as seen from the Burger King in Wilcox, AZ. (Photo by Kathie)

These photos belong to the story On the Road to Kentucky posted a few days ago. 

DSC_0299 I filled all the feeders the day before we left. 3-10-10

DSC_0309 Vacant lot next to the Hotel in Texarkana. This was my first view of Arkansas. I counted birds here on Friday morning. I was delighted by the flowering trees. 3-12-10

DSC_0310 I saw plenty of mockingbirds on this trip, but this was my first one of the trip and my first in Arkansas. 3-12-10

DSC_0312 A brown thrasher sat on the same fence.



The view down the side street.

 DSC_0315 A lone dead tree silhouetted against a brilliant blue sky in the same vacant lot.  Little did I know this would be the last blue sky I would see for a long time. 3-12-10

I like the sculptural quality of dead trees.  I like them in general.  I think they tell a story.  Perhaps I admire their long lives.  Even in death this tree is useful as a food source and a dwelling.  Perhaps it is the Velveteen Rabbit Syndrome, admiring the scarred body for the life it has lived.  Who knows what stories this tree could tell.  That is the charm and the mystery of it all.

Birds Seen in this Location:

Location: Texarkana La Quinta Inn
Observation date: 3/12/10
Number of species: 10

Black Vulture 6
Turkey Vulture 1
Blue Jay 1
crow sp. 2
Northern Mockingbird 4
Brown Thrasher 2
European Starling 5
Field Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 6
House Sparrow 14

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org)


Arija said...

What a wonderful adventure you are having my dear. I love the blue of the mountains at dawn and driving across the country through changing scenery and climate.
Thanks for taking us along.

DeniseinVA said...

And the fun begins. Happy traveling Kathy, looking forward to your updates.

Larry said...

I haven't seen a Brown Thrasher for 2 years. That has to be on my list of things to do this year. Like the photos of the mimids that appear to be skilled in the art of fencing.

Doug Taron said...

Last summer I spent about an hour and a half in the Burger King in Willcox reading my field guide to Tiger Beetles and waiting for a thunderstorm to pass. Sounds like you had a marvelous trip.

Kathie Brown said...

Arija, it was so much fun! and yes, I love getting up in the darkness and driving into the daylight! It seems to hold so much promise!

Denise, now I just hope I can get all the posts up!

Larry, love your sense of humor! Can you find those brown thrashers when I am in town. I have yet to have one on my CT list!

Doug, that Burger King has such a convenient location! It's perfect for birders and bug-gers alike!